From an Elrap friend and Ira Rohling, retired in the Philippines, Bukidnon. Video was taken while in Manila.

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MAKING FRIENDS IN THE LOCAL AND EX-PAT COMMUNITY

The norm for most ex-pats is to gravitate to other ex-pats. If you are in a provincial area there are usually less ex-pats, but you'll probably get to know very quickly the few that are there. In the larger communities, the ex-pats often have clubs, traditional weekly or even bi-weekly lunches, and sometimes break down their socialization according to nationality. In the several communities that I have lived in, there has been everything from French clubs to ex-pat women's clubs, to military Veterans clubs, and others. Because of the American military's presence until the mid 1990's, there are still VFW posts and American Legion posts in every major city. In Manila, there is even an Elk's Club! Many ex-pats decide they want to get involved in projects to help the community and that is…

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Gulliver’s Travels From San Francisco to Manila

We were in Makati for the day, in from the Great Republic of Alabang, and my husband turned to me and said, “I’m inviting you to lunch at the best prime rib place in town.”   Okay then.   “It’s DELICIOUS, and I guarantee you we will be one of only two or three tables there.”   Uh oh.   We are both Makati-bred, and as far as I knew, the only really good prime rib in town since, well, forever, was at the Prince Albert Rotisserie at the Intercontinental Hotel.   “You’re going to LOVE this place!” he tells me as we pull off Makati Ave. into the driveway of a Chinese discount hotel on the seedy side of the street.     We went through the hotel’s front door and headed to the elevator. Up. Stop. Get off…

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How The Amenities in the Philippines Have Changed So Radically Over the Years

I’ve lived in the Philippines for a long time.  In the old days, amenities such as the variety and quality of goods you could find in the grocery store, clothes that fit you, a nice restaurant to eat in, books to read, movies to watch, were pretty limited.  Manila had the best selection of amenities available, and as you went out into the provincial cities the amenities became less and less amenable.  I remember in those days every trip home to the US meant a few suitcases full of goods of every kind that my family and I would bring back to the Philippines since there was really not much available here. Now, every time I go out the door it seems like a new business offering some sort of new product or service has opened! The major evolution in the quality and variety of…

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“ More and more folks are retiring at an earlier age, while they are still healthy enough to enjoy their lives. The problem is, in the First World, even a couple in their late fifties that have a $500,000 investment portfolio, which includes their home equity and other investments, won’t have enough retirement income to take advantage of their hard-won freedom. ”

The FREEDOM HANDBOOK
By Bruce Silverman
http://funphilippinesretirement.com
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